E-news November 16, 2011
by mercypilkington
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  Hi Runners! Got a number of important items for you, so get your calendars out to jot these down!


***from Jay Worrall

Hello Everyone--Jay and Jen here.  We ran the Pinhoti 100 last weekend.  First, let me say congratulations and thank you to Todd Henderson for putting on this race!  It is a heck of a race.  I have been involved with it now for three years first as a volunteer, and now as a competitor, and let me say this race has a very special place in my heart.  Second, let me say thank you to the Anniston Runners Club and all the volunteers who came out and gave their support.  It was great seeing so many of you--even in my race induced fog--but perhaps none were so welcome as Ed and Mercy at mile 95.  There's NOTHING like hitting that last aid station and realizing you are actually going to get it done!  As for the race itself: on a beautiful weekend in Alabma we both finished, hand in hand, and had a lot of fun doing it.  What's better than that? 

Aw, thanks, Jay! Which was better, the 100-Mile run or the run to the altar?

***from Ann Angell

Our race report is the Savannah Rock and Roll half and full marathon held Nov 5 th . This was a family affair as me, my 16 year old daughter Cowan, my brother Patrick Porteous, my 2 nephews from Savannah and their mom, my sister in law all ran. It was only my 2 nd half marathon and my daughter’s 3rd. My first was Country Music in Nashville. The inaugural Savannah event was fun. There were around 23,000 people running. It was bitter cold believe it or not and didn’t warm up for several miles due to the serious wind. The actual course was very flat but not really all that scenic until about mile 7. A little disappointing as far as scenery. My husband is from Savannah and I have been going there for many years so I know it is beautiful. But they took us through some really rough looking neighborhoods for a very long time. But the rest of the course was beautiful. They did not really have as much support from the community as far as people on the course cheering as Nashville did. But huge crowds at the end. My daughter PRd at 2:15, my 2 nephews (their first half marathon) who are ages 15 and 13 did 1:44 and 1:50. I am slow as molasses and walked about half for a time of 3:19. My brother Patrick did great on his first marathon in well under 4 hours. It was a fun family memory for the Angell/Porteous clan.


***from Chad Prince

The Soldier Marathon in Columbus, GA was this past Saturday--my first attempt at 26.2.  We got off to a cold start at 36 degrees but it warmed up to a sunny, low 50's morning.  There was a good sized crowd of about 500 in the full and just under 700 for the half.  They had great volunteer support and the event was very well done with plenty of aide stations with water, Gatorade, GU, music and cheers.  The course felt like home.  The first seven miles were on Ft. Benning and it felt like McClellan, and remaining 19 miles were on their River Walk which is very much like Ladiga.  With the river, I expected it to be pretty flat, but there were plenty of rolling hills.  The running app I use on my phone recorded 6000 feet of ascents.

Quite a few people with marathons under their belt tried to prepare me for how tough the final few miles would be.  They were right.  Kept going and finished just under my goal time with a 3:29:34.

Looking forward to the Chief Ladiga half next month -- after 26.2, 13.1 sounds great!


Plucked Turkey 10K - Thanksgiving morning - Don't wait to preregister.

Burn off those Thanksgiving dinner calories before you consume them. Register today at

www.annistonrunners.com/event- calendar/?eventID=135&date=11/ 24/2011

Ogan Run or Ride - Charity event to benefit the Ogan family

Nov 19 - 8:00am

Golden Springs Community Center

5K run or 20-mile ride options


Two things for enews: (THANKS!)
1.       Please urge members to join all the ARC Facebook pages: Anniston Runners, Anniston Runners Triathlon Team, and Anniston Runners Trail Running
2.       Here is an updated Call for Nominations blurb:
CALL FOR NOMINATIONS: It’s that time of year again, when the club calls for nominations for the 2012 slate of officers.
Please do NOT post your nomination on Facebook, but instead message me via Facebook or email: brookenelson@amcvets.com (Thanks!)
The following officers are “elected” by membership: President, Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Member-at-Large.
These are the officers on the Board of Directors who vote on important matters pertaining to our club’s operations.All others are appointed by the president.
So, if you or someone you know would be the perfect officer for one of the above six positions, please email me and the Nominating Committee will consider them for the ballot.
All other officers (Ultra-Race Director, Triathlon/Multi-Sports Director, etc.) are non-voting, and are appointed by the president once he/she takes office.
Deadline for nominations: December 1, 2011
Brooke Nelson, Nominating Committee Chair

Have a great week! Be careful running in this weather!

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